The Burlington City Council heard from Planning and Parks Director Eric Tysland last night about a plan to transform the old Perkins School into apartments. Sunshine Builders has a purchase offer on the building and have asked to rezone it, which would restrict the number of units in the building to 32 and require off-street parking. The planning commission is convinced it’s a worthy project, but not all the neighbors are. Tysland says some of the concerns have to do with parking, traffic, and low-income housing.
Burlington’s Public Works Director and Engineer presented their 5-year street plan to the City Council last night. Steve Hoambrecker says the biggest project, the Mt. Pleasant Street Overpass, won’t happen until fiscal year 2018. Steve Hartman agrees that the bridge will be a “biggie”… “We’ve called it rehab, but at this time, we’d be unsure whether it would be a major rehabilitation or a reconstruction. Continue Reading
With all the snow and freezing temperatures we’ve had this winter, several people have risked their lives attempting to walk across the Mississippi River in Burlington. A couple months ago, authorities were called about a man walking on the ice in Downtown Burlington, and now a video has emerged on Facebook of 3 young boys filming themselves, attempting to do the same thing. Burlington’s Police Chief, Doug Beaird, says if you fall through the ice, it will be hard to save you… “That weak point, depending on where the current is at the time, could be 5 feet from the bank, let alone in the middle of the river. As we know, if you were to fall through the ice, and there’s current underneath the ice, it will be a very difficult situation to perform a rescue.” Continue Reading
A West Point man was arrested on felony drugs charges Friday. 38-year-old Gregory Beach of 119 5th Street was arrested at his home and charged with Possession of Precursors with Intent to Manufacture Meth. If convicted, he faces 5 years in prison. Beach’s arrest stems from allegations and an investigation. During a search conducted by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force, items supporting the charges were discovered. Continue Reading
Even though it’s budget has already been published, the West Burlington city Council will hold a work session tonight at 6 to talk more about the 74-cent property tax hike. Mayor Hans Trousil, who doesn’t get a vote, says he won’t be there. The Burlington City Council will hold one of it’s every-other-week work session today. Public Works Director, Steve Hoambrecker, will present his 5-year Street The meeting starts at 4;30pm. The Southeastern Community College Board meets today at 5 and will hold a public hearing before voting on the next year’s budget. Continue Reading
The Southeastern Community College Mens Basketball Team will not participate in the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament. The qualifiers, which this year include four at large schools, were named yesterday, and SCC is not one of them. The Blackhawks were ranked 17th nationwide in their division when the regular season ended. The teams that made the at-large list were #3 Columbia State, #4 Harcum, #5 South Plains, and #8 Trinity Valley. The Blackhawk’s arch-rival, Indian Hills of Ottumwa, will represent this area as the regional and district champion. Continue Reading
Governor Terry Branstad is warning there are too many “unintended consequences” to legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa. Branstad met recently with the mothers of children who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy — mothers who say an oil derived from marijuana is a treatment that’s working for epileptics in other states… “I think we have to be careful about drafting our laws just for a few people that have a particular problem or ailment.” The governor says medical marijuana — in whatever form — can easily fall into the hands of “people that don’t have prescriptions.”… “Already the biggest increase in drug abuse has been where you have unauthorized people using other people’s prescriptions. Continue Reading
This weekend marks the beginning of daylight saving time, which means losing an hour of sleep. Iowa Sleep Disorder Center founder, Steven Zorn, says it’s hard for some people to recover from the loss of sleep… “Well if they’re already sleep deprived adding another hour of sleep certainly doesn’t help. And that can be an issue in coordination and reaction times. People often feel like they don’t get back to their normal self for about a week.”
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on Sunday March 9th, and ends at 2am on November. Continue Reading
The Notre Dame High School girls basketball team won the 1A State Championship in Des Moines last night. The girls played Newell-Fonda at the Wells Fargo Arena and won 57-54. It’s the first state championship the Nike girls have ever won and they are heading home today to celebrate. Festivites start at 1:45pm at Casey’s General Store in Middletown where they will then be escorted by police to the Notre Dame School, where they will continue to celebrate. Continue Reading
A Burlington teenager was arrested today and charged with Third Degree Sex Abuse. 19-year-old Keyon D’Nore Parks was taken into custody after an investigation revealed he was having sex with a 14-year-old female. The incident was reported to the Burlington Police Department on February 20th. Parks is being held at the Des Moines County Jail until his initial appearance on $10,000 bond. Continue Reading
Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29
CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.